Ideas of Thomas Hofweber, by Theme
[German, fl. 2004, MA at Munich, PhD at Stanford. Professor at University of N.Carolina at Chapel Hill.]
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1. Philosophy / E. Nature of Metaphysics / 1. Nature of Metaphysics
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Metaphysics is (supposedly) first the ontology, then in general what things are like

1. Philosophy / E. Nature of Metaphysics / 5. Metaphysics beyond Science
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Esoteric metaphysics aims to be top science, investigating ultimate reality

1. Philosophy / E. Nature of Metaphysics / 7. Against Metaphysics
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Science has discovered properties of things, so there are properties  so who needs metaphysics?

3. Truth / H. Deflationary Truth / 3. Minimalist Truth
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Instances of minimal truth miss out propositions inexpressible in current English

5. Theory of Logic / F. Referring in Logic / 1. Naming / d. Singular terms
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An adjective contributes semantically to a noun phrase

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'Singular terms' are not found in modern linguistics, and are not the same as noun phrases

5. Theory of Logic / G. Quantification / 1. Quantification
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The quantifier in logic is not like the ordinary English one (which has empty names, nondenoting terms etc)

5. Theory of Logic / G. Quantification / 2. Domain of Quantification
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Quantifiers for domains and for inference come apart if there are no entities

5. Theory of Logic / G. Quantification / 4. Substitutional Quantification
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Quantification can't all be substitutional; some reference is obviously to objects

6. Mathematics / A. Nature of Mathematics / 3. Nature of Numbers / a. Numbers
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What is the relation of number words as singularterms, adjectives/determiners, and symbols?

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'2 + 2 = 4' can be read as either singular or plural

6. Mathematics / C. Sources of Mathematics / 1. Mathematical Platonism / a. For mathematical platonism
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Why is arithmetic hard to learn, but then becomes easy?

6. Mathematics / C. Sources of Mathematics / 1. Mathematical Platonism / b. Against mathematical platonism
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Arithmetic is not about a domain of entities, as the quantifiers are purely inferential

6. Mathematics / C. Sources of Mathematics / 4. Mathematical Empiricism / c. Against mathematical empiricism
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Arithmetic doesn’t simply depend on objects, since it is true of fictional objects

6. Mathematics / C. Sources of Mathematics / 5. Numbers as Adjectival
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We might eliminate adjectival numbers by analysing them into blocks of quantifiers

6. Mathematics / C. Sources of Mathematics / 6. Logicism / d. Logicism critique
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Firstorder logic captures the inferential relations of numbers, but not the semantics

8. Modes of Existence / B. Properties / 1. Nature of Properties
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Since properties have properties, there can be a typed or a typefree theory of them

15. Nature of Minds / C. Capacities of Minds / 4. Objectification
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Our minds are at their best when reasoning about objects

19. Language / D. Propositions / 2. Abstract Propositions / a. Propositions as sense
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Without propositions there can be no beliefs or desires

19. Language / F. Communication / 6. Interpreting Language / a. Translation
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Holism says language can't be translated; the expressibility hypothesis says everything can
